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Show commitment in Indo-Naga political issue: GPRN/NSCN to GoI

Unification Day

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 22: President and Chairman of GPRN/NSCN, Gen. (Retd.) MB Neokpao Konyak on Monday called upon the Government of India to show commitment and decisiveness in bringing a logical conclusion to the Indo-Naga political issue. He urged GoI not to hurt Naga sentiment by depriving and prolonging the issue.
“To deprive and prolong Naga question, after concluding talks officially, would hurt the Naga sentiment bitterly”, Neokpao said in his 14th Unification Day speech. His speech was read out by Alezo Venuh, special envoy to collective leadership, GPRN/NSCN, who was chief guest at the 14th Naga Unification Day celebration at Council Headquarters (CHQ), Naga Unification Camp, Khehoyi today.

“History speaks to us that on 30th March 1953 at Kohima Local ground, Late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Late Burmese Prime Minister U Nu experienced what it is like to hurt the Naga sentiment. I appeal for commitment and decisiveness from Indian government. May good sense prevail in our time”, he said.
The GPRN/NSCN also urged GoI not to insult the Naga people by recognizing “self-serving men” outside the boundary of WC and GOI’s Agreed Position, cautioning that the Indian Government and its agencies will be held solely responsible for “patronizing unmandated, irresponsible armed element in Nagaland”.
“Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Modi has time and again assured the Naga people of honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga political problem. GOI must understand that at this point of time, there is no logic, merit or substance in granting ceasefire or designated camps to dubious entities for which GOI would be held accountable if hard earned peace goes out of hand”, he said.
Neokpao reiterated that the GPRN/NSCN is an unwavering partner of the WC, NNPGs, and as such, the clarity of purpose and goal of “Agreed Position” signed on November 17, 2017, shall be taken to logical conclusion in the interest of both the Nagas and the GoI.
Recalling that in November 2007, the quest for Naga reconciliation and unity became a reality under the aegis of Nagaland GBs and DBs Union, tribal Hohos and other apex civil societies, he lamented that the idea of genuine reconciliation and unity was a mere lip service to many leaders.
“The eloquence on repentance and forgiveness did not originate from the heart. Thus, friction started resulting in hundreds of Naga patriots perishing since. The scars remains but the truth speaks to us profoundly each year as we remember the historic event”, he said.
Stating that today Naga tribes, civil societies and peace loving Nagas have come to understand the reality of our situation, Neokpao said Naga people heard about the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement (FA) on TV “and later a single page about the successful conclusion of the talks”.

“On the other hand, the 17th November 2017 Agreed Position (AP) set the parameters of the Indo-Naga talks and the future political and administrative structure is made known to the people. WC, NNPGs Agreed Position has entrenched and reaffirmed the essence and spirit of 1951 Plebiscite of the Nagas”, he claimed.
On the occasion, the GPRN/NSCN chairman also saluted and paid homage to the brave martyrs who have propagated and battled for peace and unity “in the course of striving for preservation of our history and identity which has been the foundation and a fundamental principle for the salvation of Naga people’s aspiration”.
Earlier chief guest Alezo Venuh hoisted the Naga National flag followed by drill display from the Naga Army, GHQ. Obituary moment in honour of martyrs and heroes who fought and sacrificed for the Naga nationhood was also observed.
(Page News Service)